The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released the 2005 National Healthcare Disparities Report, building on the benchmark data released in last year's inaugural report. The report examines quality of care for racial and ethnic minority groups, low-income Americans, and other vulnerable populations.
The report highlights nine efforts that, over the past year, have moved the nation closer to this goal. Of these, three were Fund-supported projects:
This event highlighted innovative ways in which communities all over the country are working to end disparities in all aspects of health care. A database of models and best practices was widely disseminated.
"The successful release of this report is a critical step toward identifying opportunities to improve care for vulnerable patient populations," says Anne Beal, M.D., senior program officer for the Program on Quality of Care for Underserved Populations at The Commonwealth Fund. "With the release of this report on an annual basis, the nation will have the ability to monitor where we have improved, as well as where we need to work further to eliminate disparities."